A deep-sea submarine that is known for carrying passengers to explore the sunken Titanic has unexpectedly vanished in the Atlantic Ocean. There is currently a large-scale search and rescue effort to find the missing crew members.

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OceanGate, the tourism company behind these exclusive $250,000-per-person voyages to the historic Titanic wreckage, is currently exploring every possible avenue to ensure the safe return of their team. The company confirmed that assistance is being provided by various government bodies as well as other companies specialized in deep-sea expeditions to facilitate this critical mission.

OceanGate released a statement saying:

“Our entire focus is on the crewmembers in the submersible and their families. We are deeply thankful for the extensive assistance we have received from several government agencies and deep sea companies in our efforts to reestablish contact with the submersible,” the group said. “We are working toward the safe return of the crewmembers.”

The Titanic rests approximately 3,800 meters (or about 12,500 feet) beneath the surface of the ocean, its story attracting explorers and history enthusiasts alike.

The lost craft, reportedly OceanGate’s state-of-the-art Titan submersible, is designed to accommodate a group of five. This vessel, roughly the size of a truck, is customarily stocked with an oxygen supply sufficient to last four days, providing a small window of hope in this unnerving scenario. The circumstances surrounding its disappearance are currently being investigated.

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